Patterson: LGBT proposal is right call for Michigan

brooks-pattersonRe: Ingrid Jacques’ Jan. 2 column, “LGBT proposal likely to flop”: The column offered a shortsighted look at a statewide ballot proposal to amend Michigan’s Constitution to bar discrimination against any Michigander on the basis of gender, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. I believe that assessment falls short on many fronts.

The piece rightly noted that Lansing has repeatedly failed to update our state’s landmark Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act from almost 40 years ago. This is exactly why Michigan has a ballot initiative system — to allow the public a direct voice in state policy when the Legislature fails to act.  Read More